The LiederNet Archive
This website stores both public-domain AND copyright-protected material.
It is illegal to copy and distribute material marked copyright without permission.

LiederNet Archive
is the world's largest online reference archive
of texts and translations of art songs and choral works.
134,975 vocal pieces have been catalogued.
24,937 translations are available.

The collection has frequent updates .

Dear visitors,
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it, and aside from ad revenue and copyright fees, the Archive was supported financially last year by about 0.03% of our visitors. The REC Music Foundation has generously provided server-space since 1996, but I have many costs in maintaining and expanding the Archive (and paying my bills). So if you find the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust, Founder
I also have a wishlist at

Where to start?

The Introduction is a good place, or the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You can also visit us on facebook.

You can browse the collection by using the indexes by composer or text poet or author; or you can search for words or phrases, or search by surname, first line, or title.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please feel free to make a request for the wishlist.

The following links will give you an idea of the type of information this website has to offer.

Be sure to read this note about how to tell when a text shown is the sung text or the published stand-alone text or both.

Be careful about copyrights. This archive contains both public-domain and copyright material, some of which may not be reproduced unless permission is obtained first.

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